Oral history interview of Albert Lewis. Interview conducted by Caroline Heumann at the veteran's home in Leesburg, Florida on April, 18 2017.
0:25 Childhood in a strict religious home; 1:35 Enlisting in the Army, but sent to Air Force; 2:25 Parents' Occupation; 2:44 Size of family and education before/in the service; 5:55 Flying with the RAF; 7:15 Influence to join the military; 8:10 Civilian Military Training Corps; 10:30 How he feels God prepares him for life; 11:42 His thoughts on WWII soldiers and strategy; 13:38 Advanced Training, Judge Advocate General Corps; 14:50 Stationed in England with the RAF; 17:00 From Orlando, Introducing CO to his future wife; 18:52 Radio tower in Corsica, CO breaking radio silence; 20:18 Assignment in the military; 21:50 Trading alcohol for machine parts; 22:50 Building mobile units; 24:08 Only southerner in his outfit; 25:28 Bartering with alcohol, finding parts; 27:30 Attitude of the Army; 27:58 Typical day in the Air Force; 29:35 Air Strips and types of planes; 31:30 In New York Harbor when Japan surrendered; 32:30 Unusual events, seeing a slave market in North Africa; 34:30 Service exposed him to the rest of the world; 35:06 Seeing the Notre Dame and meeting a soldier that deserted during WWI; 37:08 Learning French with a southern drawl; 37:55 Living in a retirement home; 39:16 Finding the location German ball bearing plants; 46:45 Telling his SO about the plans; 52:00 Previous struggles with alcohol and how his faith helped; 54:30 Helping the French Resistance; 55:10 Almost killed with Resistance; 57:15 Almost turned over to the Marquis; 1:00:22 Guarding oil drums; 1:02:30 Describing WWII servicemen; 1:03:20 Seeing corruption; 1:04:20 Brothers who died in the war; 1:05:45 Suspecting people of being spies; 1:06:55 Entertainment; 1:07:40 Seeing art abroad; 1:08:33 Being granted liberty, going into town; 1:10:35 Traveling; 1:11:38 Discharged and commissioned in the reserves; 1:12:35 Practicing law for the Army; 1:17:20 Last day of service; 1:19:20 Keeping in touch with servicemen; 1:21:15 Trouble with the VA after files burned; 1:22:30 Hearing damage from machine gun fire; 1:23:55 Medals and citations; 1:25:50 Wished he had been less stubborn, father-in-law in the VA; 1:27:44 End of Interview.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
World War II
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Unit of Service
Location of Service
Corsica (France); Africa, North
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
"Lewis was stationed on Corsica and ran the radio/flight tower for incoming wounded and refueling of planes with RAF. He ran patrols for supplies into Italy and France. Found the plans and reports for locations of Germans ball bearing plants for their tank and was able to have them targeted and destroyed." -- The interviewer.
"My dad has many stories with the French resistance and his scouting patrols." -- The veteran.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Lewis, Albert L.; World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Air Force
Contains logs, audio and video recordings of interviews with Central Florida's veterans as part of a history class project for the students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The UCF Community Veterans History Project(CVHP) started in fall 2010. It collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public the experiences of Central Florida's veterans so that future generations will better understand the realities of conflict. It is a collaborative endeavor supported by multiple departments and offices at UCF. The veterans' histories are archived and made digitally available through the UCF library and selected materials are contributed to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.
Contributor Affiliation / Organization
RICHES; University of Central Florida
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Lewis, Albert L. interview" (2017). Veterans Oral Histories. 537.